Face Super Resolution (FSR) is to infer high resolution (HR) face images from
given low resolution (LR) face images with the help of HR/LR training examples. The
most representative FSR is NE methods, which are based on the consistency assumption
that the HR/LR patch pairs form similar local geometric structures. But NE methods have
difficulty in dealing with noisy facial images. The reason lies in the wrong neighborhood
relationship caused by low quality scenarios that even two distinct patches have similar
relation in local geometry. Therefore, the consistency assumption is not well held anymore.
This paper presents a novel FSR approach suitable for noisy facial images. Our work are
twofold. Firstly, different from the existing methods which directly enhance the noisy input
image in intensity feature space, the proposed method introduces a contour feature which is
robust to noise. By applying the contour feature as constraint, the noise effects can be effectively suppressed. Secondly, different from the existing methods which directly constrain
the noisy input image with low quality contour feature, a standard deviation prior is proposed to enhance the low quality contour feature. Through enhancing the contour feature
into high quality, the FSR reconstruction can be better constrained. Both simulation and the
real-world scenario experiments demonstrate that the proposed approach outperforms most
classic methods both quantitatively and qualitatively.